Social entrepreneurs as change agents in regional development: the role of linking social capital

Richard Lang, Matthias Fink

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Linking social capital has been shown to explain the role of change agents in the development of disadvantaged rural regions. We argue that this perspective can offer valuable insights into the still under-researched interplay between social entrepreneurs and their institutional environment. To facilitate research taking such a perspective, we present an analytical framework, discuss its rooting in various theories and suggest a methodology. This paper informs researchers active at the intersection of social entrepreneurship and regional development and equips them for their future studies with a consistent theoretical and methodological approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFull Papers - RSA Annual Conference Graz 2016
PublisherRegional Studies Association
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016
EventRegional Studies Association Annual Conference: Building Bridges: Cities and Regions in a Transnational World - Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Graz, Austria
Duration: 3 Apr 20166 Apr 2016


ConferenceRegional Studies Association Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleRSA Annual Conference
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  • Social enterprise
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Social capital
  • Third sector
  • Regional Development
  • organisation theory
  • institutionalism
  • Institutional theory


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